well i'm making a computer and i have no idea what i need to make a good gaming computer so i went on and started to make one. heres what i have gotten so far without trying to go over a $900.

Case- NZXT Trinity ATX Mid-Tower Case

Power Supply- NZXT PF-500 500 Watt Power Supply

Processor- [939-pin] AMD Athlon-64 X2 3800+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology

Processor Cooling- Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink

Motherboard- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce4-SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB

Memory- 1024 MB [512MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory Module

Video card- Nvidia Geforce 7900GTX 512MB w/DVI + TV Out Video

Hard Drive- 300 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache]

2nd Hard Drive- 80 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache]

Sound Card- Dolby Digital Surround 7.1 Sound Card
Der Meister
i would go with 2gb or ram becasue 1g wont go that far any more.. evey thing else looks fine. althougt you dont need the 500w psu you could go with a 430w and you'll be fine.
thank you for your help, but if i change my mind on the graphic card to a Nvidia Geforce 7600GT 256MB w/DVI + TV Out Video, would that make a big diffrence lowering it down?
Der Meister
depends on what you go to. it could or it make it higher... just depends on the card.
  •  Jordan
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I'm not to sure of that PSU...

With the RAM, if you want 2Gb why not get 1Gb now and add another 1Gb later once you have more money? That way you don't have to skimp on things like the PSU and graphics card. If you are going to do it this way buy 1x1Gb stick now and buy an identical one at a later date.

The 7900GT is a lot cheaper than the 7900GTX even though the performance difference isn't that big.
why are you getting a second 80gb hard drive as well as the 300gb? i could understand if you wanted a 10k rpm raptor to run games on but getting two drives at the same speed is a waste of money- especially when one of them has bags of storage. you could save the money from your second hard drive plus the money you will save from getting the 7900GT instead of the GTX to put toward a nice monitor? just a thought.
Unless of course that extra drive is for backup. It's NEVER a good idea to keep everything you value on one drive. Havent we all learned this by now?

Im with Jordan...that PSU sounds like a cheapy and I wouldnt trust it with the high dollar components you are putting into your new system.
I moved the thread here so it will get more replies. That and it didn't really belong in the tech support forum.
what about optical drives. what r u getting there? i'm in agreement with pretty much what everyone else stated here too. With the extra cash you may even be able to get a beefier cpu.
Super Dave
Since you are buying everything new, I wonder if it wouldn't be better to purchase an AM2 processor/motherboard and DDR2 memory instead of a socket 939 system...
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Not if he is on a budget. AM2 isnt all its cranked up to be imo. Slightly faster memory with the DDR2 but otherwise its practically the same. For 900 dollars he could do it but hed have to spend extra cash on some fast DDR2 ram to see the difference and that means a cheaper video card etc. Gaming wise id go 939 and spend more on the video card than pay extra for DDR2 memory. (this is from a purely gaming perspective)
NZXT PRC-550 550W Power Supply [SLI-Ready] that a better power supply? by the way, i was thinking that i should go over $900 because i dont feel like buying a new computer in the next 4 years or so and waste more money. so the price range i'm looking at will probably come out to be around $1,400 or more with the extra cash that i have in my banking account for this computer since i have decided on a new graphic card which is a ATI Radeon X1900XT 512MB PCI-Express x16. I heard its a good graphic card and will do the job on every game...thats unless you guys think otherwise. As for the optical harddrives i thought i would get a 16X Dual Format/Double Layer DVDR/RW + CD-R/RW Drive...? and finally for the second hard drive... can more people talk me into buying it or not because im not sure on that lol. thanks all tho for the the support, i really appreciate it.
For the DVD burner, get an NEC or BenQ. Both are $30-40. I've had good luck and no problems with my NEC. As others have said, there is no need for the second 80GB harddrive. If you need more space down the road, you'll be able to buy a cheaper and much bigger drive. Buying an 80GB today is a waste of money. Replace the 300GB drive with a Seagate 7200.10 320GB drive, it's one of the fastest drives and great value for $89 shipped at Newegg. I have never heard of that brand power supply... which is not a good thing (something is wrong if I I've never seen that brand). Power supply is one of the most important parts of the computer, but it's one of the hardest to shop for. Unlike video cards and processors, you can't "benchmark" a PSU. I suggest you do some research about power supplies. I'll warn you ahead of time though, it will not be easy

As far as 939 vs AM2, if you can find a similar setup (motherboard, CPU, and memory) for around the same price, go with AM2.
PhD Almost an F -- A PhD candidate lost his entire dissertation when a bad power supply suddenly zapped his computer and damaged the USB Flash drive that stored the document. Had the data not been recovered, the student would not have graduated.

heh so i guess the a good PSU would be nice, thanks for reminding me as well as all the people who also suggested a better PSU.
i have two different PSU's that might do the job
-Thermaltake Toughpower 750 Watt V2.01 Power Supply
-Ultra X-Finity PSU (500 Watt)
the Ultra X-Finity is top selling for and the other is just something to throw out at you to see if you know what it is and can tell me which one is worth buying.
will look into the that Seagate 7200.10 320GB drive a little more. and lastly the DVD burner- NEC ND-3550 Dual Format/Double Layer 16X DVDR/RW + CD-R/RW Drive. tell me if this works...
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Thermaltake is decent as are Ultra PSUs, 750W is a bit overkill though!

You have these PSUs in your posession?